Universal Credit: Coronavirus

(asked on 12th January 2021) - View Source

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of suspending in-work conditionality requirements for universal credit recipients as a result of the economic effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the job market.


Answered by
Mims Davies Portrait
Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
This question was answered on 18th January 2021

Claimants who are in work with earnings above the Administrative Earnings Threshold are not currently expected to undertake any mandatory work-related activity in Universal Credit.

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Recent Documents related to Universal Credit: Coronavirus

1. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit University of Glasgow - written evidence
01/05/2019 - Inquiry: Universal Credit - In-work progression - Work and Pensions Committee
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Found: as intensifying the use of sanctioning and conditionality more widely, could have important implications

2. Correspondence with the Secretary of State about the DWP’s response to coronavirus
26/03/2020 - Inquiry: Correspondence with the Secretary of State about the DWP’s response to coronavirus - Work and Pensions Committee
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Found: Hon THE R E SE COFFEY MP Secretary of State for Work & Pensions

3. The economics of Universal Credit
23/03/2020 - Inquiry: The economics of Universal Credit - Economic Affairs Committee
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Found: WRITTEN EVIDENCE (EUC0045) The economics of Universal Credit About the author This submission has

4. Welfare Conditionality Project - written evidence
20/06/2018 - Inquiry: Benefit sanctions - Work and Pensions Committee
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Found: evidence - Welfare Conditionality Project  Written evidence from Welfare Conditionality Project (ANC0079)  1             

5. Dr Ben Geiger - written evidence
06/06/2018 - Inquiry: Benefit sanctions - Work and Pensions Committee
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Found: Geiger (ANC0063) Ben Baumberg Geiger1(including joint work with Rob de Vries1 and Aaron Reeves2)1 School of

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Recent Speeches related to Universal Credit: Coronavirus

1. Oral Answers to Questions
19/10/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: dedicated to helping people who have been out of work for three or more months and may be at risk of long-term - Speech Link
2: struggling to find work as a result of the pandemic. However, getting people back into work will require a - Speech Link
3: is right to suggest that tackling the impacts of covid will require a national effort, and the DWP stands - Speech Link

2. Oral Answers to Questions
29/06/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: all Department for Work and Pensions staff and contractors for their tireless work through this emergency - Speech Link
2: Wolverhampton is above the country average, and covid-19 will have an impact on these figures. Does my - Speech Link
3: challenging times to get back into work as soon as possible and to support an economic recovery that levels up all - Speech Link

3. Oral Answers to Questions
30/11/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: remains low by comparison with the overall universal credit case load. New and existing claimants can - Speech Link
2: number of households with children receiving universal credit who are subject to the benefit cap in my Bedford - Speech Link
3: grace period in the coming month. So will the Secretary of State consider extending the grace period, to avoid - Speech Link

4. Covid-19: People Living in Poverty
30/04/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: (2) unable to meet their basic needs, as a result of COVID-19; and what steps they are taking to support - Speech Link
2: Government have introduced in response to the Covid-19 epidemic, as we did in this morning’s government - Speech Link

5. Oral Answers to Questions
28/06/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: people. Our ambition is to help parents return to work as quickly as possible, as there is clear evidence - Speech Link
2: support grants does not make up for the cuts to universal credit, which will mean that families are £1,000 - Speech Link
3: estimated £111 billion, including £7.4 billion on covid-related measures, on working-age welfare in 2020-21 - Speech Link

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